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Region could see 3 inches of rain by Wednesday

Madison Mathews • Jan 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Washington County and its surrounding areas could see as much as three inches of rainfall by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.

NWS Meteorologist Derek Eisentrout said a cold front that moved into the area Monday became what’s called a “stationary front” that allowed a lot of moisture to move in, resulting in the heavy rainfall the region experienced at the start of the week.

“We expect this precipitation to continue through this evening and into tomorrow and through tomorrow, finally tapering off early Wednesday morning,” he said.

With near constant rainfall to continue throughout the day, Eisentrout said a flood watch for Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties is in effect through Wednesday morning.

While most of the area will likely see about two to three inches of rainfall, Eisentrout said there are some portions of the region that could see more.

“As that area of low pressure sits here, it just pulls moisture in and until it moves away, we’re going to continue to get rainfall,” he said.

As of Monday afternoon, the NWS had seen reports of anywhere from a half-inch to an inch of rainfall in certain parts of Washington County.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., with a high near 50.

Thursday’s temperature is expected to drop to a low around 28, with a 30 percent chance of snow.

Drier conditions are expected to move in Friday and continue throughout the weekend.